For a Sheikh

The Desert Sheikh's MarriageLife being a tad slow, I figure it’s time to spice it up with a fun contest to celebrate the UK re-release of my Harlequin Presents, The Sheikh’s Virgin in the two book anthology, The Desert Sheikh’s Marriage. The Desert Sheikh’s Marriage also features a wonderful story by Sarah Morgan, one of my favorite Harlequin authors so it’s an extra fun collection.

The prize is a signed copy of The Desert Sheikh’s Marriage and a gorgeous handmade jeweled necklace that I thought would be perfect for a sheikh’s bride. I like this necklace so much I’m thinking I need to order another one just for me!

Post a comment below to enter the contest and a winner will be drawn Friday night at midnight PST. I’ll post the winning name on Saturday morning. Do check back and if you’ve won, email me! I’m having to go hunt down the winners and I can’t continue, so please, if you post a comment, and want to win, return to see if you’re the lucky gal.  I’m also running another sheikh contest next week so if you don’t win this week, don’t despair, there’s more fun to come.

On Sunday I read the long ago Oprah Book Club Pick, Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie Macdonald, and it was dark and layered with complex characters. I found the book fascinating and read quickly, reminded of William Faulkner, but the ending left me dissatisfied as so many literary novels do.  I know reality is filled with poverty, ignorance, neglect, suffering, loss and abuse. But ending a book with a ‘reality’ ending frustrates me. Generations of suffering…generations of emotional or physical abuse and that’s just the way it is? It pisses me off. I refuse to accept that people don’t get to have more in life, that some people get happiness and love, while others don’t. I want everyone to have a good life, a rich, rewarding life, but lives like that take work. I’ve learned the hard way that rich lives require muscle and determination, hope, strength and optimism. Happiness isn’t impossible. It’s a choice, which makes it possible, but everything in life is a choice.

Yesterday, I needed a boost, something warm and fun to lift my spirits and I read Elizabeth Hoyt’s debut historical romance novel, The Raven Prince, and I only wish I’d read it sooner.  A great book with an interesting hero and a terrific heroine.

I haven’t yet started on a book today as I’ve been trying to write but the words are coming slowly.  Maybe I can take a break soon.  Maybe I can sneak in another book… Amazon did just deliver another box to my doorstep…

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